2010 Seminars, Conferences and Other Events

End of Semester Dinner

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies would like to invite all students, staff and their partners to the end of semester dinner.

On Friday Nov. 12, 2010
At 7.00pm
Darbar Indian restaurant
134 Glebe Point Rd
Tel: 9660 5666

For reservation details, View flyer

Lunchtime Seminar

Peace in the Philippines

Date: Wednesday, 17 Nov. 2010
Time: 12.30-2.00 pm
Venue: Room 107, Mackie Building
Free entry

A dialogue with Luis Jalandoni and Coni Ledesma from the National Democratic Front of the Philippines
Peace talks to resolve the long-running civil war in the Philippines are again on the agenda. Hear a report from two activists who have been involved in the war and peace negotiations over many years.

Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney will introduce and chair the session, and show his short BBC film portraying human rights issues in the Philippines conflict.

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Wine and Cheese Welcome

A Welcome evening for undergraduate students

Date: Monday, 11 Oct. 2010
Time: 5.00 pm
Venue: Posters for Peace Gallery, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

CPACS will be hosting a wine and cheese welcome evening for undergraduate students currently enrolled in PACS2002 unit. The evening will provide students more information about the Centre and about Peace and Conflict Studies. It will be also a chance to meet staff and socialize with fellow students.

Lunchtime Seminar

Witness in Palestine: A Jewish-American:Woman in the Occupied Territories
Speaker: Anna Baltzer

Date: Wednesday, 20 Oct. 2010
Time: 12.30-2.00 pm
Venue: New Law Seminar Room 030
Free entry

Anna Baltzer is a Columbia University graduate, Fulbright scholar and author. Raised with a traditional view on the issue, her perspective changed when she moved to the West Bank to work
with nonviolent Palestinians and Israelis. Anna sees Judaism as about “social justice” which entails “challenging human rights abuses” occurring daily in the Occupied Territories.

Session introduced and chaired by Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

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Film Screening

Peace one Day

Date: Tuesday, 21 Sept. 2010
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, room 107
Free entry

Peace One Day is the story of one man trying to get the global community to establish the first ever annual peace day – a day of global ceasefire and non-violence, a day for everyone to get involved in the peace process. For five years filmmaker Jeremy Gilley met with heads of states, freedom fighters, innocent victims, media representatives, aid agencies, and Noble Peace Laureates, in a quest for peace for just one day.

“A truly inspirational film that reminds us there are good people in the world.” IMDB.

“Sure everyone wants world peace. Who doesn't? Often times I've asked myself ‘What can I do to make a difference? I am merely one man.’ Jeremy makes a believer out of me.” IMDB.

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Lunchtime Seminar

Towards Justice, Dialogue and Reconciliation
Speaker: human rights lawyer Fethiye Cetin

Date: Thursday, 9 Sept 2010
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, room 107
Free entry

Fethiye Çetin will reflect on the meaning of the story of her grandmother - what does it mean in her life and in her work as a writer and human rights lawyer in Turkey?

Fethiye discovered that her Turkish Muslim grandmother was born an Armenian Christian and a child survivor of the Armenian genocide in 1915 when she had been forcibly taken by the Turkish gendarme captain who went on to adopt her.

Fethiye will also tell of her work as lawyer for Hrant Dink during his life and after his murder. Hrant Dink was a Turkish-Armenian journalist, human rights campaigner and editor-in-chief of the bi-lingual Agos newspaper in Istanbul. On 19 January 2007, he was assassinated outside Agos' offices in Istanbul. Hrant Dink is one of the 50 emblematic cases in International PEN’s campaign ‘Because Writers Speak their mind’ which acknowledges 50 years of advocacy of the Writers in Prison Committee.

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Lunchtime Seminar

Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: Practical and Ethical Questions
Speaker: Professor George Bisharat

Date: Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, room 107
Free entry

Professor Bisharat will describe the growing international movement in support of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) that seeks to compel Israel to comply with international law, and will argue that BDS represents a non-violent, morally defensible, and effective strategy for positive change. He will address ethical questions surrounding the academic and cultural aspects of the boycott movement, and will argue that there is no justification for exempting academic institutions from the general boycott of Israeli goods and services.

For more information contact Sydney Peace Foundation on 9351 4468
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Tibet: The Third Pole

A panel discussion about climate change and the fate of Tibet's nomads.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2010
Time: 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue: Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 403
Free entry

PANEL:
Tendor Dorjee, Executive Director, Students for a Free Tibet
Dr Simon Bradshaw, Campaign Coordinator, Australia Tibet Council
Dr Sev Ozdowski, University of Western Sydney

CHAIR:
Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

For more info, contact Leona 0408 448 739 or Tsering Kyizom 0416 695 590.

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Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills - POSTPONED

Facilitated by Christina Batchen
Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies), and Principal, Real Resolutions (Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Training)

Introduction to the 12 skills set developed by the Conflict Resolution Network; levels of conflict.

Empathy; developing the skill. Valuing difference in behavioural styles: DISC model. Empathy blockers. Active listening for different purposes: role play. Creating empathy.

Appropriate Assertiveness. Reactions to conflict: Fight, Flight, Flow. Responding as an alternative to reacting. I statements as a tool for developing appropriate assertiveness. Role play the difference between aggressive and assertive behaviours.

Co-operative power. Bases of power contributing to conflict. Distinguishing manipulation from influence. Understanding and transforming the power game triangle dynamic. Developing personal power; transforming “I should” to “I choose”.

Managing Emotions. Cycle of emotions. Emotions - bodymindenergy events –implications for health. Recognising, accepting and learning from emotional signals. Becoming a source of positive emotions, nourishing core needs.

Willingness to resolve. Projection and shadow. Self discovery exercise. Managing unwillingness to resolve in others.

POSTPONED TO SEMESTER 2
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, Seminar Room 114
Cost: $60 full price; $40 concession, CPACS members and students.
Fee includes course notes, morning and afternoon refreshments.

Public Screening of Oscar Nominated Documentary Burma VJ

Burma Campaign Sydney and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is hosting a screening of Burma VJ followed by a Q&A.

Burma VJ is powerful film that tells the story of Burma’s Saffron Revolution and the journalists that risked their safety and freedom to tell this story.

This is the only screening in Sydney before the Oscars on March 7th.

Date: Thursday, 4 March 2010
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: Footbridge Theatre, the University of Sydney
Ticket: $10.00

Tickets can be purchased online from the Burma Campaign Sydney website, by calling Burma Campaign Sydney on 02 9264 7694 or at the door.

We cannot guarantee tickets will still be available at the door, so book in advance to secure your seat.

We hope to see you there!

For more information please email .

Welcome Lunch, Semester 2

CPACS will be hosting a welcome lunch for all new and continuing students in the second week of semester from 12.30 – 2 pm on Wednesday 4 August in the Posters for Peace Gallery.

This lunch is an opportunity for you to meet CPACS staff and your fellow students whilst enjoying some refreshments in the ambience of the Gallery.

RSVP for the welcome lunch by Monday 2 August to Juliet or Neven in Room 119, or by phone 9351 7686 or email .

Date: Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Time: 12.30 – 2.00 pm
Venue: CPACS Posters for Peace Gallery
RSVP: required by Monday, 2 August.

Information Session for New Students

An information session for new Peace and Conflict Studies postgraduate students in 2010 will be held from 12 noon – 2 pm on Monday 26 July in Mackie Seminar Room 107, Mackie Building, Arundel St, University of Sydney (across the footbridge over Parramatta Rd from the main campus).

The session is designed to assist students in selecting units of study, including whether or not to take up the option of completing a dissertation.

Date: Monday, 26 July 2010
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, seminar room 107

IPRA Sydney 2010 - Communicating Peace

CPACS is hosting a global conference for the International Peace Research Association (IPRA Sydney 2010), July 6-10, 2010.
Click here to be part of it.
More information is available here.

Lunchtime Seminar

Boycotting Israeli Apartheid: Practical and Ethical Questions
Speaker: Professor George Bisharat

Date: Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Time: 12.00 – 2.00 pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, room 107
Free entry

Professor Bisharat will describe the growing international movement in support of boycotts, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) that seeks to compel Israel to comply with international law, and will argue that BDS represents a non-violent, morally defensible, and effective strategy for positive change. He will address ethical questions surrounding the academic and cultural aspects of the boycott movement, and will argue that there is no justification for exempting academic institutions from the general boycott of Israeli goods and services.

For more information contact Sydney Peace Foundation on 9351 4468
View flyer

Tibet: The Third Pole

A panel discussion about climate change and the fate of Tibet's nomads.
Date: Friday 16 April 2010
Time: 12.30 pm – 2.00 pm
Venue: Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 403
Free entry
For more info, contact Leona 0408 448 739 or Tsering Kyizom 0416 695 590.
View flyer for more details.

Introduction to Conflict Resolution Skills - POSTPONED

Facilitated by Christina Batchen
Master of Arts (Peace and Conflict Studies), and Principal, Real Resolutions (Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Facilitation, Training)
POSTPONED TO SEMESTER 2
Time: 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Venue: CPACS, Mackie Building, Seminar Room 114
Cost: $60 full price; $40 concession, CPACS members and students.
Fee includes course notes, morning and afternoon refreshments.

New CPACS Publication

Ending War, Building Peace
Edited by Lynda-ann Blanchard and Leah Chan

Includes contributions from speakers at the CPACS conference Never Again: Ending War, Building Peace held in April 2008 to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. It was also the 25th anniversary of the founding of CPACS

To order a copy fill out the attached publication order form and fax or mail it to the CPACS office.

Summer School venue changes

The venues for CPACS Summer School units PACS6912 Nonviolence and Social Change and PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice have changed:

PACS6912 - Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 311
PACS6928 - Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 405

Information Session for new students in 2010

An information session for new PACS postgraduate students in 2010 will be held at CPACS on

Monday 1 March, 12 noon – 2 pm
Mackie Seminar Room 107, Mackie Building, Arundel St, University of Sydney (across the footbridge over Parramatta Rd from the main campus).

The session is designed to assist students in selecting units of study, including whether or not to take up the option of completing a dissertation.

West Papua in the news

Jim Elmslie from CPACS' West Papua Project writes that 'independent monitors would provide a credible probe of Papua deaths' in his latest article "Mine killings put a vital treaty at risk" in The Age Newspaper, August 3, 2009. View the full article

CPACS student wins international essay contest

CPACS student, Paul Duffil, has won the 2008 Isaac Roet Prize for his essay "A Meta-Intervention for the Israel-Palestine Conflict Incorporating Economic and Social Justice Issues".

The Isaac Roet Prize is an international essay contest about the promotion of world peace through economic interaction.

Initially submitted as his final assignment for PACS6911 Key Issues in Peace and Conflict Studies at CPACS, Paul's prize-winning essay is now available for download from the Isaac Roet Prize website.

CPACS congratulates Paul on this wonderful achievement.

Summer School

  • NEW UNIT: PACS6928 Community Mediation: Theory and Practice with Mr Abe Quadan and Ms Kathleen Dan
  • PACS6912 Nonviolence and Social Change with Dr Lynda Blanchard
  • PACS6914 Conflict-Resolving Media with Associate Professor Jake Lynch and Ms Annabel McGoldrick.

Enrolments are open to any university graduate and those with relevant experience so get in quick to ensure your place - both units are expected to be very popular and numbers are limited.

For further information and to enrol go to the Sydney Summer School website

PeaceWrites

The October 2009 edition of CPACS' newsletter, PeaceWrites, is now available.

You may download an electronic copy at your convenience.

New CPACS Prizes established

On 2nd December 2008 CPACS established 2 anuual prizes for outstanding students in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program. The prizes were named to honour the late Gordon Rodley and Cheryl Minks:

The Gordon Rodley Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Gordon Rodley to the creation of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student showing the greatest proficiency in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The Cheryl Minks Prize in Peace and Conflict Studies
Established in recognition of the contribution of Cherul Minks to the discipline of Peace and Conflict Studies

To be awarded annually to the student who submits the best Dissertation in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The prizes will be awared for the first time this year, recognising student achievement in 2009.

CPACS is currently taking donations to support the financial component of the prizes. Contributions will be greatly appreciated and can be made by filling out the attached donation form and faxing or mailing it to the CPACS office. Donations are tax deductable.

Latest CPACS publication

 

Jake Lynch, Debates in Peace Journalism, Sydney University Press, 2008

Jake Lynch traces the major controversies in this emerging field - philosophical, pedagogical and professional - and links his own contributions to them with important new material. ($35.00)

order a copy

2010 Timetable

The timetable for 2010 units of study is now available for download.

New website content

CONTESTED SPACES VIDEO PROJECT

The CPACS website has adopted an interesting and educational project headed by independent film producer, Simon James.

The Contested Spaces Video Project consists of a series of 10 minute video talks on conflict issues around the world and is supported by introductory texts, suggested reading lists, web links and images.

Conference photos

  • Photos from the 1 day conference "What Works and What Doesn't? New Direction in Conflict Intervention" are now available on the events section of our website.
  • Photos from the 2 day conference "Iraq Never Again: Ending War, Building Peace" are now available on the events section of our website.